The proposal to develop Rookwood is ambitious and forward-thinking and would be a sustainable development of the highest standard. The aim is to create an award-winning scheme, with the health and wellbeing of wildlife, ecology, landscape and people at its heart.
The proposal to create a new public park at Rookwood is a community-inspired idea which has come forward through consultation and debate on the new District Local Plan.
The new park would create an umbrella of protected wildlife sites and open space around Horsham Town Centre, linked by the Riverside Walk, to Chesworth Farm, Leechpool and Owlbeech Woods with Horsham Park at its centre.
This is a uniquely Horsham vision to create more public open space, an extension to Warnham Local Nature Reserve, a site for a possible new primary school and over 250 much needed affordable homes, all funded by an eco-friendly, sustainable, garden-setting development. The new homes would be in the southern more urbanised setting, retaining much of the open space, vegetation and landscape and protecting the two river corridors.
Key features of the North
A site for a possible primary school
The development would provide a site for a possible new 210-place primary school which would serve the new community and relieve pressure on existing nearby schools.
An expanded Warnham Local Nature Reserve
Warnham Local Nature Reserve is a regionally important ecological resource and the existing golf course can be reshaped to enhance it.
A new public park
The rest of the North would be dedicated to recreational activities with full public access. No housing is proposed in this area.
Key features of the South
Around 750 homes are proposed for the site, including some 250 much-needed affordable homes, all within walking or cycle distance of Horsham town centre.
Protection for existing river corridors and wildlife
We are committed to protecting and enhancing the important waterways and landscape features, namely Red River and Boldings Brook, which form part of the ecological network from the North to the South of the site.
The scheme would have a comprehensive sustainable drainage system, which would incorporate swales and holding ponds and would include measures to improve existing flood problems. This would benefit homes in Redford Avenue and Rookwood Park.
About the proposal
The proposal to create a new public park at Rookwood for Horsham is an inspiring idea which has come forward from the community. It follows wide public consultation about the new Local Plan for housing and development which the Council is required to produce. A new public park would link via the Riverside Walk with Chesworth Farm and Leechpool and Owlbeech Wood to create an umbrella of protected wildlife sites and open space around Horsham town with Horsham Park in the middle.
The original proposal of building homes across the whole golf course area has substantially evolved after a wide-ranging consultation with community groups, partners and residents. It was clear that people want areas of public open space that they can enjoy with their families, and this plan takes land which until now has only been given over to those playing golf and opens it up to full public use.
The new park would sit alongside an extension to Warnham Local Nature Reserve, a site for a possible new primary school and around 250 much-needed affordable homes, all funded by a new eco-friendly, sustainable, garden-setting development. Homes would only be built on the southern more urbanised setting of the fairways, retaining much of the open space, vegetation and landscape. It would also protect the two river corridors.
Overall, this ambitious and visionary proposal will, if allocated in the Local Plan, give Horsham residents a new garden neighbourhood, an extended Local Nature Reserve and a new area for public recreation right on the edge of the town.